Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1
FS1 to Year 2
The Foundation programme for children aged three to five is called the Foundation Stage. It is designed to prepare children to begin the National Curriculum for England, which begins around the age of five in Key Stage 1 and continues through Key Stage 4.
The child’s progress is closely monitored and assessed against appropriate age performance standards. Every encouragement and help is provided for children to attain their full potential.
Focused on whole-child development, proper attention is given to the social development, skills, knowledge and understanding that children need to interact efficiently in a complex and changing world. Children in Foundation and Key Stage 1 are introduced to foundations in Reading, Writing, Science, Mathematics and Information and Communications Technology through a system of practical applications, supported by a positive and stimulating learning environment.
Children learn best when they actively participate in the learning process. Learning through structured play and a regular programme of field trips forms an integral part of the Foundation and Key Stage 1 curriculum.
Supported by a well-resourced library and computer facilities, students in Foundation and Key Stage 1 are encouraged to explore and develop their natural abilities and talents.
By the end of Year 2, all students will have developed social skills and a love of learning, as well as be able to read and write, and use simple Mathematics at a level appropriate for their age or beyond. They would have gained a significantly improved understanding of our world through knowledge of elementary History, Geography and Science. The overall educational experience is enriched with exposure to Personal, Social and Health Education. Of course, the children would have also developed their creative talents in Art and Music alongside their physical development through Dance, Games and Gymnastic activities.
Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3
Year 3 to Year 8
Students in this programme follow Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum for England, which continues to build on the foundations that are established in Foundation and Key Stage 1.
Ongoing assessment ensures that each child’s progress and development are continuous and meet predetermined standards. We encourage students to think independently, use their initiative and to participate in a meaningful and active manner in the learning process.
The core academic curriculum includes instruction in Arabic, Islamic Studies, English, Mathematics, Science and Information and Communications Technology. Children are introduced to foreign languages such as French. The overall education experience is enhanced and supplemented with instructions in the Humanities, Art, Music, Physical Education, and Personal, Social and Health Education.
A selection of extra-curricular activities broadens the opportunities for students to enhance their natural abilities and to challenge themselves through development of new interest areas. Extra-curricular activities may include Drama, Music, Computers, Art and Design, a variety of sports activities and a number of school clubs. A full intervention programme will be made available for students to further develop their core literacy and numeracy skills.
Throughout the educational experience at the GEMS Cambridge International School, Abu Dhabi, students are involved in learning the practical use and application of Information and Communications Technology. Microsoft IT qualifications will eventually be offered to older students at additional cost.
Development of leadership qualities and skills is put into practical application in Key Stage 2 providing each student the opportunity to share class and school responsibilities that nurture organisational skills, co-operation, accountability and team spirit.
By the end of Year 6, all students would have gained a well-rounded education and they would have developed a thorough understanding and character, articulate expression, confidence, and be well-prepared for their secondary education.
Years 7 to 8, known as Key Stage 3, follows the National Curriculum for England and includes the subjects: English, English Literature, Mathematics, Humanities, Sciences, Computer Sciences, a selection of second languages, Art and Design, Physical Education. and Personal, Social and Health Education are also offered.
Key Stage 4 and 5
Year 9 to Year 13
In Key Stage 4, the IGCSE curriculum (Year 9, 10 and 11) is introduced. A range of subjects, catering for a variety of academic needs and interest, are offered. These include the compulsory subjects of Arabic, Islamic Studies, English, Mathematics and Physical Education; Optional subjects include ICT, French, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, History, Geography, Business Studies, Accounts, Economics, Art, Drama, Media Studies, Travel and Tourism and Environmental Management. BTEC Level 2 qualifications are also offered in Sport, Performing Arts and Engineering.
During the final two years of school, students sit for the AS and A levels. Again, a wide range of subjects are offered which assist in preparing students for higher studies or a multitude of career opportunities. BTEC Level 3 qualifications are also offered in Business, IT, Media and Travel and Tourism.
Key leadership qualities are very important in these senior years. Students in these classes will be challenged to accept and develop responsibilities as leaders and citizens of the world.